Supporting Adults with ADHD
According to Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), about 10 million adults are diagnosed with ADHD – and there are likely many more who are undiagnosed. Adults with ADHD have many of the same characteristics of the condition as children experience. In many cases, adults have learned compensation skills to help them manage their symptoms. In other cases, the individuals may struggle with challenges in the workplace and in relationships, resulting in poor self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy or shame. Over time, these feelings can impact the person’s overall mental health.
To support adults who experience symptoms of ADHD – whether they are diagnosed or not – keep these strategies in mind:
- Create checklists containing all steps for accomplishing daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Checklists are great for keeping track of things like cleaning responsibilities, completing child assessments, and monthly classroom inspections.
- Hold meetings in spaces with as few distractions as possible. Start meetings with an exercise to focus attention on the meeting topic.
- Be aware of movements or actions that may be distracting for others, such as clicking a pen, loud music, or tapping your foot.
- Use calming techniques such as deep breathing, a quick break, or writing down what you feel in frustrating situations.
- Identify common anxiety/frustration triggers, and consider if there are proactive solutions to avoid them.
- Exercise daily to help spend excess energy.
- Hold conversations during a walk around the parking lot rather than sitting in the office.
- Poor memory
- Use a calendar to keep track of deadlines.
- Present information and requests multiple times, using multiple modes of communication (verbal, digital, written, etc.).
- Time management difficulties
- Make checkpoint deadlines for yourself leading up to larger deadlines.
- Create a five-minute buffer between meetings or tasks so that you can shift gears or prepare for the next meeting.
- Interpersonal/social skill issues
- Be sure to use active listening. Intentionally stop your inner monologue when conversing with others to make space to hear what they are saying.
- Ask lots of questions instead of making assumptions. Seek to clarify others′ statements so you can reply appropriately.
- Make it a point to show respect for co-workers′ systems of organization.
For the main article Supporting Individuals with ADHD, CLICK HERE
For the article Diagnostic Criteria of ADHD, CLICK HERE
For the article Setting up the Learning Environment, CLICK HERE
For the article Strengthening Specific Skills, CLICK HERE